Sketches Oz - Scrapbooking Sketches Aussie Style

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sketch Three - Michelle Perry

Welcome to a the new sketch for this fortnight from our new guest artist Michelle Perry! Here is what Michelle had to tell us about herself -
am a single mum of 2 boys, I live in Country SA along the River Murray.
I’ve been Scrapbooking since 2002, I became hooked instantly and was invited to teach at a local Scrapbooking store 6 months later, I have been teaching classes in various stores, and am now teaching at all SA Stamping and Scrapbooking Fairs held regularly at venues around SA. I am on the Design Team for the NZ site ‘Paper Pesto’ and am a guest DT member for ‘Scrapapple’. I have been published in all Australian Scrapbooking magazines and I run the Aussie Pub Calls Scrapbooking Blog.

Here is Michelle's inspiration layout from her sketch, stunning isn't it!

....a bit of a detail shot on Michelle's layout showing the gold heat embossing on the heart, gorgeous isn't it!
....and a bit more inspiration from our design you can see there are alot of different ways that you can manipulate this sketch.
Sarah Mulder

Sheree Forcier

Danielle Quarmby

Mardi Winen

We have some great prizes for you this week, Michelle will pick her favourite layout from her sketch and the winner will win a $25 gift voucher from Forever Always!

We also have two random prize draws this week, both for $10 gift vouchers from Forever Always....the first draw is for those of you who complete Michelle's sketch and place an order with Forever Always....they have plenty of the brand new scrapping goodies released earlier this year in store so go and check it out! To go into this draw all you have to do is include your order number in your email to us when you send us your layout!
You have until midnight WST 11th June to send in your entries for both the regular challenge and the first random prize draw. Email your entries to
The second random draw is for another $10 voucher, all you need to do is complete Michelle's sketch and the June Sketch from Forever Always, when you email us with your sketches oz layout include a link to your layout from the Forever Always sketch. You have until the end of June to complete this one!
It is fantastic to see so many amazing layouts from our sketches, I hope that you are enjoying can see all of the layouts from Chris' sketch in the gallery on the sidebar. Don't forget to leave us a comment with a link to sketch sites that you use so that we can set up a sketch resource link list!
If you have any questions about any of the design team layouts please feel free to email us with the questions or post in the comments section and we will endeavour to answer them for you!
Hope that you are feeling inspired and happy scrapping!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

1 Sketch, 3 Ways

For a bit of extra inspiration this week a couple of the design team members have shown us how you can use the same sketch to create layouts in different ways. We started with another sketch from Chris Millar, you'll have to wait to see her layout from the sketch in an upcoming issue of Creating Keepsakes! Mardi Winen
Tammy Templeton

Tatum Woodroffe

Isn't it incredible the amazing variety of layouts that you can get from a single sketch!
Don't you love Mardi's fabric circle on how old, and the stitched circle on Senior Campus 2007. I especially love Tammy's interpretation in Wedding Day using a heart instead of a circle! When I'd finished 3 layouts I still had more ideas of how to use the sketch...I think provides a great base for using one of the new Heidi Swapp clock overlays.
I, for one, use sketches alot. I maintain an A4 notebook, where I draw my own and stick in ones that I have found online and in magazines. I keep a note of which Layouts I have done from each sketch. When I have a bit of scrappers block I often refer to my notebook, or get online to one of the many great sketch sites for a bit of a jumping of point. We'd love to see which other sketch sites you visit regularly. Post a comment with the sites you like to visit and we'll add a sketch resource link list to Sketches Oz.
So, if you are feeling inspired we'd love to see what you come up them in and we'll share them in a flickr gallery, (yes we have a new email address, don't panic though, we'll still be using both for a while) and you will also go into the random draw to win a layout scrapped by Chris.
Entries for Chris' regular sketch...where you can win that great prize pack from Australian manufacturer Rasberry... and this one, if you want to be entered into the random draw, are due in by Midnight WST, Monday 28th May, before we reveal our new guest artist on Tuesday! the way, you can check out Chris' interpretation of Kim's sketch from last fortnight on the Aussie Scrap Source Blog.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

How are you going?

Or more specifically, how are you layouts from Chris' sketch going? We have a sensational prize for this fortnight from our awesome sponsor, Rasberry. In addition to this we will be having a random prize draw for all the layouts entered for Chris' sketch, the winner will win a layout scrapped for them by Chris!
Entries are due by Midnight Monday 28th WST to before we reveal our new guest artist and sketch on Tuesday.
Stay tuned on Thursday because we have something extra special for you featuring another layout and sketch from Chris and some more inspirational layouts scrapped by members of our design team!
But, in the meantime, can I encourage you to feel beautiful!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Congratulations...Clair Bremner!

You are our winner for your take on Kim's sketch! We had so many amazing entries and it was definately a hard choice for Kim to make!

Clair Bremner - Space Ranger

Clair wins a great pack from Scrapping Angels and a seat at one of Kim's upcoming online classes! Scrapping Angels have just released their fantastic May kit, Funk It Up, put together by the very talented Ruey Enanoria.

We already have a few entries for Chris' sketch and the prize for this one is an awesome pack from the Australian Manufacturer Rasberry. Also, this fortnight, we will be having a random prize draw from all the entered layouts to win a layout scrapped for you by Chris.

Happy Scrapping, we can't wait to see your entries....I'll leave you with some more inspiration from Chris' sketch, a layout by our Design Team member Mardi Winen!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Sketch Two - Chris Millar

This week we are excited to welcome our wonderful Guest Artist, Chris Millar. Hope that you all enjoy this one, I know it is one we have enjoyed working with because Chris rocks layouts with circles!

Chris lives with her husband and two daughters in Brisbane and works part time in the family business. Chris has been scrapping for a little over 4 years and loves everything about it, including meeting new friends.

One of Chris' great loves is using her talent to make gifts for family and friends. From a young age she kept journals and had a love for photography. She now uses these same skills to enhance her scrapbooking pages and combines them with her love for paper and colour to create memories for her albums.

Chris is currently on the Junkitz international design team, a designer for Aussie ScrapSource and has recently made it through to the top 10 of the Making Memories Idol Competition. Chris has been published in all the Australian scrapbooking magazines as well as Paper Craft and Stamping magazines. She has also been published in the Becky Higgins Sketch book No.2 and Scrapbooking for Beginners No.2. She also designs kits and teaches online classes for The Scrapbook Outlet NZ.

I hope that you enjoy this weeks inspiration layouts from Chris and our design team!

Chris Millar - Happiness is Having Grandchildren to Love

Tammy - Storytime

Vita - Shoot

Dee - 100% Original

Tatum - Cherish

Courtney - Just Jacob

Kathie - Discover

We hope that this weeks layouts have you inspired and itiching to get scrapping. If the inspiration isn't enough we have a fantastic prize for entries using this fortnights sketch. Chris' sketch has been sponsored by Rasberry and the prize pack on offer includes:

Patterned Papers
o All sheets from the Sweet, Squashed and Princess Rasberry collections

Chipboard Embellishments
o A Girls World
o Girls Words
o Squashed Words
o On The Move
o Summer Days

Rasberry Scraps
o 1 princess compote
o 2 Squashed Letters
o 2 Sweet Letters
o 2 Princess Letters

The Sketches Oz design team is also excited to announce that Rasberry have agreed to be a major site sponsor so you will get to see the Rasberry products featured here on the Sketches Oz blog, scrapped by the design team, over the coming months!

So head over to the Rasberry website and checkout the yummy, retro style, collections and find out where you can purchase them for yourself!

Entries for this weeks sketch need to be emailled to by midnight Monday 28th May to go in the running for this fantastic prize!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Not long now...

Until Monday night when the first sketches are due in (Monday 14th May, 12 Midnight WST). Don't forget, your LO puts you in the running to win the awesome scrapping pack from Scrapping Angels and a seat at one of Kim's online classes.
The new guest artist and new sketch will be revealed on Tuesday 15th May.
Have a great weekend, hope that you get some scrapping time and to all the Mummys have a fabulous Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


firstly to each and every one of you who took the time to put together your entries for our search for 2 design team members. The design team had the hard task of voting to select our new members.
So without further ado...introducing Vita Thai and Sheree Forcier our 2 new design team members!

Vita Thai

Vita is a 35 year old SAHM to Amanda (9) & Riley (3). She has been married to her hubby Yung for more than 10 years. Vita migrated to Australia in 1996, after a 1 year long distance relationship with Yung, an Aussie who she met at a symposium in Japan. They currently reside in Dandenong North, VIC.

Vita started scrapbooking in 2003, soon after Riley was born, she was a paper scrapper for 3 years, before finally deciding to venture to digital. It was a browsing at 2Peas that started everything, she was looking for a Rhonna Farrer digi frame to make a banner for her blog. Her first ever digi layout was completed 2 days after, but the banner was not until 6 months later. :0)

Now Vita enjoys both paper and digital scrapbooking. She does most of her paper layouts at crops, and digital layouts at home. It is the conveniency of digital that she loves the most as she can scrap a layout within minutes of downloading the photos into her computer.

Vita says 'Everything is only a few clicks away, and it is much easier to share the layouts with friends & family. And for me, scrapping digitally also takes the pressure of creating a layout in paper. So whenever I work with paper, I can put more thoughts into it. Now, it doesn't matter anymore if it takes me 3 weeks to complete 1 paper layout. While prior to digi scrap, I would have felt really bad about it.

Finally, I would like to say that I am very honoured to be part of Sketches OZ design team. I hope I can bring a new perspective to both paper and digital scrappers, because I believe there are so many good things from both world we can incorporate into our layouts.'

Sheree Forcier

Sheree is 34 years old and has been married to hubby Paul for 6 years, although they have been together since high school 17 years ago! They have 2 very active little boys – Ayden (4 ½) and Riley (2 ½), and their gorgeous new baby girl Madison (3 months). They live on the Gold Coast having moved here from the Whitsundays towards the end of last year and love it!

Sheree has been scrapping since just after Ayden was born. Her Mum started her off with stamping and cardmaking, but then she discovered some scrapping magazines and thought she’d make a baby album for Ayden – once she started she was completely hooked! Sheree loves the fact that her kids will have family memories recorded to look back on in years to come.

Sheree has had her work published in Scrapbooking Memories, For Keeps and Scrapbook Creations – the most exciting thing was having one of her layouts on the cover of an issue of Scrapbooking Memories last year, she still can’t believe that happened!

Sheree has always scrapped 12 x 12 pages but has just started to try the 8 ½ x 11 format which she is quite enjoying. Sheree loves to use colour on her layouts and, not surprisingly, has become rather obsessed with pink lately. Her favourite products are anything Heidi Swapp so many of the gorgeous patterned papers out there at the moment. Sheree doesn't quite feel that her layouts are complete unless she has either handstitched or machine stitched on them and she always include journalling somewhere on the page. The majority of her layouts are about her children, and she is having so much fun creating girlie layouts now after only scrapping boys layouts for years!

Sheree often makes her own quick sketches starting a page and is really looking forward to working with the sketches here on Sketches Oz!

So please join us in giving Sheree and Vita a warm welcome to Sketches Oz and don't forget to check out the prize for this fortnights sketch!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

How are your layouts going?

I hope that you are having as much fun with this sketch as we all did! Thankyou for all of the lovely comments about Kim's sketch and all of the inspiration layouts! Checkout the sidebar to take a peek at all of the wonderful layouts that have been scrapped from Kim's layout.
For all of you choosing to accept the first sketch challenge we have an awesome prize - In addition to a seat at one of Kim's upcoming online classes you will recive this great deluxe designer kits from Scrapping Angels.

The kit was put together by the very talented Marie Noske and features yummy products from Arctic Frog, Lil Davis and Scenic Route.

We will be announcing the winners of the design team competition tonight, it has been a very tough decision as there were so many fantastic entries.

Can't wait to see your entries, remember to email them to for entry into the challenge.